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Lincolnshire hit by earthquake

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The biggest earthquake in the UK for nearly 25 years shook homes across much of England.

The British Geological Survey (BGS) said the epicentre of the 5.2 magnitude quake was near Market Rasen in Lincolnshire where fire and rescue services had 90 earthquake-related callouts.

The BGS was inundated with calls from the public, media and emergency services throughout England since the quake at 12.56am on 27 February. A man suffered leg injuries when a chimney collapsed in South Yorkshire.

BGS seismologist Brian Baptie said: "This a significant earthquake for the UK and will have been widely felt across England and Wales."

A BGS statement said: "The epicentre is approximately 8km east of Market Rasen and reports suggest that the earthquake has been felt widely across England, with reports of damage to chimneys in the epicentral area."

Clean-up operation begins

Lincolnshire CC staff began work immediately with fire and rescue services dealing with 90 quake-related calls. Highway officers cleared fallen chimney pots and other obstructions from roads.

But a spokeswoman added:"It's a very British thing. Lots of people are talking about it but not a lot has happened."

Read Lincolnshire CC's statement .

The BGS records approximately 200 earthquakes in the UK each year on its monitoring stations. Approximately 25 earthquakes in the UK are felt by people each year.

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